Video: Trevor Noah – George Floyd, the Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper

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George Floyd, the Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper
— The Daily Show w/Trevor Noah

“If you felt unease watching that Target being looted, try to imagine how it must feel for black Americans when they watch themselves being looted every single day. Police in America are looting black bodies.”

Info on Trevor Noah below :            

Trevor Noah – Wikipedia › wiki › Trevor_Noah

Trevor Noah (born 20 February 1984) is a South African comedian, political commentator, and television host. He is the current host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career as a comedian, presenter, and actor in his native South Africa in 2002.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/04/2020 at 2:31 pm

    Canadian, Amy Cooper, in New York ….

  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/04/2020 at 2:42 pm

  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/05/2020 at 5:13 am EXCLUSIVE: Former colleague of Amy Cooper reveals how she tried to ‘ruin his life with bogus lawsuit and threatened his family when he said he didn’t love her

    A former co-worker of Amy Cooper – the woman filmed calling 911 to report an African-American bird watcher for ‘threatening her life’ when he asked her to leash her dog in Central Park – has said he wasn’t surprised by the former banking exec’s erratic conduct, claiming he’s ‘seen that type of false hysteria before’.

    Martin Priest, who first met Cooper while working at investment banking firm Lehman Brothers in 2003, told how the now 41-year-old allegedly attempted to destroy his life with a series of ‘baseless’ allegations in a 2015 lawsuit.

    Priest said he had been friends with Cooper for a number of years before the suit but says he began to distance himself from her sometime in 2012 when she confessed to having romantic feelings for him that weren’t reciprocated.

    In the months that followed, Priest says he was routinely ‘harassed’ and ‘stalked’ by Cooper. He claims she would often leave him threatening texts and voicemails, in which she menaced that she would hurt him, his family members and even herself if he continued to ignore her.

    The purported onslaught culminated in Priest contacting police in Ridgewood, New Jersey, in February 2013 to report her for harassment.

    ‘She became increasingly abusive and unstable,’ Priest told ‘I tried to get away from her as she became more outrageous and threatening with her demands.’

    Priest said his attempts to oust Cooper from his life were made in vain. Just over a year later, on June 8, 2014, he would once again contact police, but this time in Long Island City, dialing 911 to accuse Cooper of attempting to break into his house.

    ‘I caught her in the act,’ Priest claimed. ‘She lied to my doorman pretending to be my sister and said she needed to get inside.

    ‘I was at home at the time – ignoring her calls – and she knocked on the door, then opened it and tried to walk inside. I got up, slammed the door shut and called the police.’

    Priest said that by the time officers arrived, Cooper had fled the scene. ‘She texted a lot of crazy stuff afterwards,’ Priest recalled.

    The NYPD has not yet returned a request for information on the purported incident. But the department confirmed to the NY Post that Priest had filed for harassment against Cooper on June 8, 2014.

    A spokesperson told the outlet she came to his home, repeatedly rang the doorbell and asked to enter the location.

    A number of text messages were also observed, police said, but no arrests were made and no charges were filed.

    But the ordeal wouldn’t end there. Priest said he later received a call from Cooper, who, angered that he had called the cops on her, apparently told him she ‘wasn’t going to stop until she’d put him in the gutter’.

    The following year, Cooper filed a lawsuit against Priest – which has since been dismissed – claiming that she had been involved in a romantic relationship with the Wall Street trader from 2008 to 2012, while he was still with his first wife.

    In the suit, she claimed she broke up with him when she learned of his marriage, but reconvened with him in October 2013 when that relationship ended.

    Cooper accused Priest of stealing $65,000 from her between February and July 2014. She also claims Priest later threatened her life, warning her she should ‘keep the f*** out of [his] life’ or she ‘would get hurt.’

    Priest vehemently denies he was ever involved romantically with Cooper and fiercely denies the allegations she made in the lawsuit, calling them ‘fabricated’ and ‘heinous’.

    ‘Those allegations were deeply hurtful to my family. I never had a romantic relationship with her,’ Priest told ‘It was all fabricated in retaliation for our falling out. It was an explicit attempt to damage me and my reputation. She told me on the phone she wasn’t going to stop until she put me in the gutter.’

    The case was later dismissed when both Cooper and Priest failed to show up for court conferences in January and March 2018, has confirmed.

    ‘She put all that damaging and false information out there and then just disappeared – derailing my career, hurting my family and reputation,’ Priest said.

    ‘It’s taken me years to rebuild my life after that,’ he continued. ‘I was unfairly maligned based upon the allegations that she made – the baseless allegations.’

    ‘And so from that point, you know, obviously people would refuse to employ me … because of the voracity of the allegations.’

    AMY MARIE COOPER BECAME A HOUSEHOLD NAME EARLIER THIS WEEK when a now infamous viral video captured her hysterically calling the police on African American bird watcher, Christian Cooper, claiming he was ‘threatening her life’ after he asked her to leash her dog in an area of Central Park known as The Ramble.

    When Priest was made aware of the footage he said he was ‘horrified’ by Cooper’s reaction, but said he wasn’t surprised.

    ‘I was just, like, horrified she could do that to someone,’ he told, ‘but I wasn’t shocked. I have seen that type of false hysteria before.’

    ‘I just feel that Mr. Cooper is fortunate to have had the foresight to record her reaction, because I’m certain a worse result would have happened to him otherwise.

    ‘I’m so sorry [for Mr. Cooper],’ Priest added. ‘You know I empathize a great deal and I’m grateful that he had the foresight to record her. She’s just a predator, what she did was predatory.’

    Priest also said he wasn’t surprised that Cooper was being accused of being racist, as he claims she previously said used a racial slur when he told her he was voting for Barack Obama years earlier. [I wonder was the slur: ‘nigger-lover?’]

    ‘The reaction was cultivated, it didn’t just happen in one snap moment,’ Priest said. ‘That’s not a spontaneous event. There was clearly a pre-conditioned, premeditated strategy.’

    Amy Cooper has not yet responded to a request for comment on any of the allegations made by Priest. Messages left at her listed address went unanswered.

    Amy Cooper: Full Public Apology

    I want to apologize to Chris Cooper for my actions when I encountered him in Central Park yesterday.

    I reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions when, in fact, I was the one who was acting inappropriately by not having my dog on a leash.

    When Chris began offering treats to my dog and confronted me in an area where there was no one else nearby and said, ‘You’re not going to like what I’m going to do next,’ I assumed we were being threatened when all he had intended to do was record our encounter on his phone. He had every right to request that I leash my dog in an area where it was required.

    I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.

    I hope that a few mortifying seconds in a lifetime of forty years will not define me in his eyes and that he will accept my sincere apology.

    (Dated May 26)
    [Call me ‘cynic’: Given this DailyMail essay, I believe a lawyer wrote the apology]

    In the hours that followed the video’s emergence, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio branded Cooper as ‘racist…pure and simple’ as outrage over the incident – commonly referred to as Central Park Karen – rippled out nationwide.

    Cooper was terminated from her $170k-per-year role as head of insurance investment solutions at Franklin Templeton shortly afterwards.

    A petition to ban her from Central Park for life also emerged, as did new legislation that would make falsely reporting such an incident as a hate crime and illegal, should it pass.

    In a later statement to CNN, Cooper further elaborated, saying: ‘I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,’ she told the network. ‘I think I was just scared. When you’re alone in the Ramble, you don’t know what’s happening. It’s not excusable, it’s not defensible.’

    She said that since the video has sparked widespread outrage online, her ‘entire life is being destroyed right now’.

    Priest admonished Cooper for the statement, accusing her of ‘race-baiting’ and ‘false victimhood’.

    ‘There are women and African Americans out there – real victims that are threatened every day, and she has now technically endangered both by ‘crying wolf’.

    ‘It’s tragic because there are so many people with this sort of antisocial behaviour that are allowed to function and work, and it takes something this gripping to demonstrate that there are these terribly troubled people wandering around in our society.’

    On Thursday, Christian Cooper told the panel of The View that he has accepted Amy Cooper’s apology but urged viewers to look at the bigger picture of racism that the encounter displayed.

    ‘I do accept her apology,’ Christian said. ‘I think it’s a first step. I think she’s gotta do some reflection on what happened up until the moment when she made that statement.’

    ‘It was just a conflict between a birder and a dog walker, and then she took it to a very dark place. I think she’s gotta sort of examine why and how that happened.’

    Christian, a board member of the NYC Audubon Society, also doubled down on his previous urges asking the public to stop making death threats against Cooper.

    ‘If you think that what she did was wrong, that she was trying to bring death by cop down on my head, then there is absolutely no way you can justify then turning around and putting a death threat on her head,’ he said.

    Cooper explained that he’s also ‘uncomfortable’ with judging Cooper solely on a ‘few seconds…over very poor judgement.’

    ‘[There’s] no excusing that it was a racist act because it was a racist act,’ he told the show. ‘But [does] that define her entire life? Only she can tell us if that defines her entire life by what she does going forward.’

  • Clyde Duncan  On 06/05/2020 at 5:22 am

    Just sharing some of the brutal comments:

    The viral video of Canadian Amy Cooper calling the police on a Black man in Central Park is still the talk on social media today.

    Cooper, who is from Ontario, Canada and went to school at the University of Waterloo, was fired from her job at Franklin Templeton after she was widely condemned for her racist behaviour.

    More details keep getting revealed about Cooper, like where she adopted the Cocker Spaniel she’s seen wrangling in the video and that she’s since surrendered that dog back to the shelter.

    Turns out Amy Cooper, the latest racist white lady in the news, is a Waterloo grad, so this seems as good a time as any to reiterate that it’s a shitty look for white Canadians to treat anti-black racism as a uniquely American phenomenon.

    — Christina (@chrelisem) May 26, 2020

    Oh yes, she’s also Canadian, according to her Instagram bio before it became private, to the horror of people who were under the impression Canadians aren’t capable of racism.

    And before Cooper’s LinkedIn page was disabled, University of Waterloo graduates were horrified to learn that Central Park Karen, as she’s been dubbed, is a fellow alumni of the Ontario school.

    It turns out this woman is from Canada and a graduate from the University of Waterloo. Hey, @UWaterloo is this the kind of person you produce? How embarrassing! Amy Cooper: New York Woman Calls Police on Black Man Who Asked Her to Leash Dog via @heavysan

    — Beautiful Day (@therudewind) May 26, 2020

    A number of people have messaged the university directly to see what the school has to say about holding their students or alumni accountable when it comes to anti-Black racism.

    The investment banker has since told CNN that she’s “not a racist”, and that her “entire life is being destroyed right now.”

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/23/2020 at 8:59 am

    George Floyd Policeman Charged With Tax Fraud

    Matthew Robinson | The Times UK

    The former Minneapolis police officer who is awaiting trial for his role in the killing of George Floyd has been charged with multiple counts of tax crimes.

    DEREK CHAUVIN, 44, WAS CHARGED ALONGSIDE HIS ESTRANGED WIFE, KELLIE CHAUVIN, WITH NINE COUNTS OF TAX FRAUD, according to a criminal complaint published by the Star Tribune.

    There are six counts involving aiding and abetting allegations of false or fraudulent tax returns and three counts related to the failure to return tax returns.

    The couple have been accused of not filing tax returns for the years 2016-2018, while also significantly underreporting their combined income for other years.

    The court documents, which were issued in Washington county district court yesterday, accuse Mr Chauvin of failing to declare income he received for off-duty security work outside his former role as a Minneapolis police officer.


    Mr Chauvin is also accused of purchasing a BMW car in Minnesota but registering it in Florida and paying Florida sales taxes. Despite the declaration, the documents state that no service dates on the car were identified outside of Minnesota and that Ms Chauvin told investigators that the couple “changed their residency to Florida because it was cheaper to register a car”.

    Separately, Ms Chauvin is accused of failing to report income she received in 2014 and 2015 from a photography business she ran.


    They consequently owe a total of $21,853.00 in taxes, but a total of $37,868.00 taking into account interest and fraud penalties.

    Investigators carried out a search of the couple’s house as part of the investigation and located a box of tax and financial documents. They also carried out a search of the property of Mr Chauvin’s father, an accountant who prepared the couple’s 2014 and 2015 tax returns.

    Ms Chauvin was interviewed by investigators accompanied by an accountant last month and told them that she had not filed income tax returns for various years because “it got away from her”. Ms Chauvin and the accountant provided tax returns for 2016-2019, but the court complaint claims that much of the information provided was “incomplete or was estimated”.

    Mr Chauvin is being held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights, charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter after killing Mr Floyd by kneeling on his neck during an altercation outside a shop in Minneapolis in May. Mr Floyd’s death ignited protests across the globe, calling for the end of police brutality against black individuals.

    Mr Chauvin’s three colleagues at the scene of the crime were also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter.

    IN THE WAKE OF MR CHAUVIN’S INCARCERATION, MS CHAUVIN FILED FOR DIVORCE FROM HER HUSBAND, and a Minnesota judge ruled yesterday that their divorce file be sealed due to “constant harassment from the public”.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/23/2020 at 11:21 am

    Pageant Wife of Derek Chauvin Doesn’t Want A Penny in Their Divorce

    Ben Ashford | Daily Mail UK

    The wife of ‘killer cop’ Derek Chauvin followed through with her vow to divorce him, insisting in a bombshell court filing that she doesn’t want a penny from the shamed ex-cop, can disclose.

    Kellie Chauvin, 45, said she was divorcing her husband of ten years due to the ‘irretrievable breakdown’ of their relationship.

    She also revealed the couple officially split on May 28 – three days after he was accused of killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck during a brutal nine-minute arrest.


    ‘Respondent is full capable of supporting herself,’ the filing reads.

    Kellie, who came to the US as a child refugee from Laos, also applied to the court to have her name changed.

    A former Mrs Minnesota America pageant winner, she once worked as a radiology technician at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, the same hospital where Floyd was pronounced dead.

    The couple met when Chauvin brought a suspect in for a health check before an arrest, returning to the hospital shortly after their initial meeting to ask her out.
    They married June 12, 2010 in Washington County, Minnesota, the same court where she filed her divorce petition.


    ‘I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy,’ attorney Amanda Mason-Sekula said on her behalf.

    ‘While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.’

    ‘There has been an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship of the parties within the definition of Minn. Stat. 518.06, and the marriage cannot be saved.’

    The filing explains that while Kellie was recently a realtor with Remax Results she is currently unemployed.

    BUT IT ADDS: ‘Petitioner is self-supporting, is not in need of spousal maintenance, and waives her right to receive temporary or permanent spousal maintenance from respondent’.

    She does, however, ask the court to award her ownership of the former couple’s two homes, one in the leafy Oakdale suburb of Saint Paul, and a second in Windermere, Florida.

    Both properties have been abandoned for days after they were surrounded by protesters and covered in graffiti.

    As part of a press push for her bid for the beauty contest Mrs. Minnesota America 2018, Kellie had raved about her husband, telling the St Paul Pioneer Press: ‘Under all that uniform, he’s just a softie.’

    She also told the outlet how the shaven-haired ex-lawman was a major upgrade over her previous husband.

    ‘He’s such a gentleman. He still opens the door for me, still puts my coat on for me. After my divorce, I had a list of must-haves if I were ever to be in a relationship, and he fit all of them,’ she said.

    Kellie won the contest in October 2018 and went to Las Vegas in 2019 to compete for the national rounds of the pageant.


    A shell-shocked relative told that Kellie did not want to talk with the media and they did not want to stoke tensions further by speaking out on her behalf.

    Her attorney Ms Mason-Sekula added: ‘Ms. Chauvin is not providing any additional statements at this time.’

    Chauvin was moved to one of the most secure prisons in the US to ensure he won’t be murdered behind bars, previously revealed.

    In a highly unusual move, Chauvin, who is facing a murder charge in the death of George Floyd, was transferred to Oak Park Heights Prison – Minnesota’s only Level Five maximum security facility.

    He was previously at Ramsey County Adult Detention Center where he was on suicide watch, before being moved to the Hennepin County Jail because of COVID-19 concerns but then moved to the high-security prison.

    The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) told that Chauvin was transferred to prison and placed in ‘administrative segregation’ – solitary confinement – after a plea from the Hennepin County Sheriff.

    The 407-inmate prison boasts of never having had an escape and is also regarded as one of the country’s safest, having only had one homicide in its history. Located on the border with Wisconsin, between the cities of Bayport and Stillwater, it accepts some of America’s most hated and high-risk inmates.

    Commissioner of Corrections Paul Schnell said Chauvin was moved to prison because of concerns about coronavirus and the huge influx of people being booked into Twin Cities jails on public order offenses.

    ‘First and foremost, we have a COVID situation. Second of all, a large number of people could be booked into Hennepin County Jail,’ Schnell said.



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